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Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Grow Your Parish - Formation for Parish Pastoral Councils

Thursday 21 September --- Parish pastoral councils are invited to continue the conversation on animating parish life at this follow-up session where will look at existing models of parish leadership, factors that lead to parish vitality and strategies to animate parish life in 21st century Australia.

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Vine and Branches: Yearning to Belong Conference

An opportunity for clergy, pastoral associates and pastoral planners to reflect upon the signs of the time and move forward with hope. Keynote speakers include Prof. Richard Gaillardetz (USA) , Dr Maeve Louise Heaney, Geraldine Doogue and Archbishop Mark Coleridge.

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ACU Short Course: The Sacraments (August)

The School of Theology at the Australian Catholic University is offering a short course on the Sacraments this August. It will be an opportunity to understand sacraments in the Christian tradition: What are sacraments? What is sacramentality? What do Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation mean? Sessions run on Wednesday evenings in August.
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Wounds & Wonder: Retreat Day

Friday 11 August --- Pastoral Associates, Pastoral Workers and Lay Chaplains are invited to a day of contemplation and reflection. Focused on nourishing the spirit, the session will explore ways in which we can identify, grow from and embrace the ‘brokenness’ we encounter in the everyday.

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"The Holy Spirit needs landing permission" --- Mark Patrick Hederman OSB

Author and teacher Mark Patrick Hederman OSB visited Australia in June 2017. As part of his visit, he led a conversation on 'caring for the soul', and why we (as church) need to 'rearrange' the way we carry out the mission and acknowledge that "the Holy Spirit is already out there... but it needs landing permission, and we cannot control this. ... It is we who have to rearrange and read the signs of the times."
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Ask. Seek. Knock: Joyful Encounters of RCIA

Saturday 26 August --- Guest speakers including Bishop Mark Edwards OMI and Fr Rob Galea offer insights on being 'joyful missionary disciples' and how to attract young people to embark on the exciting RCIA journey. Workshops will explore the pastoral and practical aspects of the RCIA.
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Christian leadership takes imagination --- Spirit of Adventure seminar wrap-up

"Real leadership means you take the risk of being rejected. Jesus' leadership landed him on the cross. Every form of courageous leadership means that you dare to take the risk that you will be turned down."  Fr Timothy Radcliffe speaks to the 160 parishioners gathered at the Spirit of Adventure seminar. Watch/listen to his talks >
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Reflections on Mary: Prison Chaplaincy

In this brief video, Good Samaritan sister Mary O'Shannassy reflects on the challenging yet rewarding ministry of prison chaplaincy. She reflects on the witness by Mary, mother of God and advocate for those without a voice. Includes reflection questions for personal/group discussion.
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Catechist Support and Resources

We encourage catechists to visit the new webpage ‘Catechist Central’ which provides a wealth of information, guidance and support for this vitally important parish ministry. 
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Stewards of Forgiveness

These two videos offer a window into the work of chaplains and priests, often seen as ‘stewards of forgiveness’. Their experience in hearing people’s stories of suffering and sometimes self-loathing, sheds light on the liberating power of forgiveness when sought but most importantly, when received. 


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